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Adlai E. Stevenson Project Springfield, Illinois, United States. The narrators, political associates of Adlai E. Stevenson II (1990-1965), members of his staff, his son, and others, recall Stevenson's character, achievements, term as Illinois Governor (1949-1953), presidential campaigns (1952 and 1956), his work at the United Nations, later life and death. This series was donated by the Oral History Research Office of Columbia University. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Adlai E. Stevenson Project II Springfield, Illinois, United States. Friends of Stevenson and his personal secretary recall his term as Illinois Governor, presidential campaigns, work as ambassador to the United Nations, and personal life. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Bates Experimental Road Project Springfield, Illinois, United States. The narrators discuss the construction of this experimental paved road, completed near New Berlin, Illinois in 1922. The narrators also discuss farm life in the early 20th century, the construction of U.S. Highway 36, the impact of paved roads on the area, and events from their lives near the Sangamon County towns of New Berlin and Loami. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Black Community Project Springfield, Illinois, United States. Members of the African-American community of Springfield, Illinois describe their childhood and family backgrounds, employment, schooling, church and community activities, racial segregation and discrimination, the 1908 race riot, the Depression, and social life in Springfield. This project was funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Bicentennial Commission. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Christ Episcopal Church Springfield, Illinois, United States. Members of this Springfield church recall activities, pastors, fellow members, conflicts between "low church" and "high church" factions, as well as their own experiences and interests. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Coal Mining and Union Activities Springfield, Illinois, United States. The narrators describe working conditions in Illinois coal mines in the early 20th century, the "mine wars" of the 1930's, hostilities between the United Mine Workers and the Progressive Miners of America, living conditions of striking miners and their families, impressions of John L. Lewis, and other issues related to coal mining in the state. This project was funded in part by the Illinois Bicentennial Commission. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

First Congregational Church Springfield, Illinois, United States. Members of this Springfield church recall activities, pastors and fellow members, the fire of 1956, assistance received from Temple B'rith Sholom, and the rebuilding of the church. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

German Americans Project Springfield, Illinois, United States. Members of the German-American community of Springfield and other parts of central Illinois recall their families' cultural background and heritage, and their responses to anti-German sentiment during the two World Wars. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Historic Sites in Central Illinois Springfield, Illinois, United States. The narrators, including employees of the Illinois State Historical Library, Illinois State Archives and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, recall the preservation and restoration of historic sites in Springfield and central Illinois, including the Old State Capitol, the Governor's Mansion, the Lincoln Home, and Clayville. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Home Schooling Project Springfield, Illinois, United States. The narrators discuss reasons for, challenges of, and rewards of educating their children at home. They also discuss legal implications, setting up academic goals and curricula, dealing with opposition, and creating support groups. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Illinois Coal: The Legacy of an Industrial Society Springfield, Illinois, United States. This project was funded by the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oral History Office. Illinois coal miners and their wives describe family life, their work experiences in the mines, mechanization, the "mine wars" of the 1930's, the struggle between the Progressive Miners and the United Mine Workers, life in mining towns, bootlegging, various types of mining jobs, and ethnic and gender diversity in the mines. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Illinois Community Project Springfield, Illinois, United States. The narrators, officials of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Junior College Board, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and other state agencies, recall the establishment of Illinois' community college system, political implications, relations with existing colleges and universities, and the successes and failures of the system. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Illinois General Assembly Springfield, Illinois, United States. Former members of the Illinois General Assembly discuss their family background, education, marriage and children, work history, and military service; they also recall their years in the legislature: campaigning, elections, party politics, lobbyists, Illinois regional politics, and significant issues and legislation. The narrators also discuss life after the General Assembly: running for other political office, private law practice, businesses endeavors, teaching, retirement, etc. This project was conducted in association with the Illinois Legislative Council and SSU's Legislative Studies Center. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Illinois Stagecraft Springfield, Illinois, United States. The narrators, including directors and employees of Illinois departments and agencies, members of the governors' staff and Illinois Governor Dan Walker, discuss their involvement in Illinois state government and politics, as well as their own family and educational background. This project was funded in part by grants from the Illinois Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Italian Americans Project Springfield, Illinois, United States. Members of the Italian-American community of Springfield and other towns in central Illinois discuss their families' emigration from Italy and Sicily, working in area coal mines, prohibition and bootlegging, social and family life, and the Catholic Church. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Jewish Experience Project Springfield, Illinois, United States. Members of Springfield's Jewish community recall life and family in Springfield, Temple B'rith Sholom, anti-Semitism and relationships with the community at large. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Lincoln Memorial Gardens Springfield, Illinois, United States. The narrators discuss the design and establishment of this park on Lake Springfield from the 1930's onwards. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Mental Health Care Project Springfield, Illinois, United States. Employees of the Illinois State Hospital in Jacksonville discuss the management and operation of the hospital, as well as changes in the treatment the mentally ill over the years. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Moweaqua Coal Mine Springfield, Illinois, United States. Coal miners and members of their families recall life and work in this Shelby County, Illinois community; special mention is made of the Christmas Eve Disaster of 1932. These memoirs were donated by the Moweaqua Coal Mine Museum. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Myers Brothers Department Store Project Springfield, Illinois, United States. Members of the Myers family and one of their employees recall the establishment and operation of this downtown Springfield store from 1885 onwards. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

One Room School  Springfield, Illinois, United States. The narrators, former students and teachers in rural one room schools in central Illinois in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, recall the structure and furnishing of the schools, classes taught, special events and activities, and other memories of farm life from the late 1800's onwards. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Oral History Projects Consisting of a Single Memoir Springfield, Illinois, United States. The items are compilations of several narrators' contributions in one memoir. See abstracts for the following in the main section of the Guide: [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Prisoners of War in World War II Springfield, Illinois, United States. Former American prisoners of war in WWII relate the stories of their enlistment, training, combat experiences, capture, internment in German and Japanese prison camps, their treatment and experiences in the camps, "death marches," liberation, and the impact of these experiences on their later lives. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Radio Project Springfield, Illinois, United States. On-air personalities, performers, journalists, station managers and other staff discuss their work at radio stations in Springfield and elsewhere from the 1920's onwards. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Sangamon Ordnance Plant Springfield, Illinois, United States. Employees of this WWII-era munitions factory near Illiopolis describe the acquisition of land for the plant, its construction, operation, working conditions, women and minority employees, duties, housing problems, life on the WWII homefront, impact on Illiopolis and the area, and the plant's closing. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Sangamon River Springfield, Illinois, United States. The narrators recall life along this central Illinois river: fishing, boating, hunting, farming, floods, river hazards, wildlife, and changes in the river over the years. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Shawneetown Bank Springfield, Illinois, United States. These interviews were conducted by the SSU Oral History Office under contract with the Illinois Department of Conservation. The project documents the history of the State Bank of Illinois at Shawneetown from 1837 to 1926 through oral history interviews and the identification of known photographs, artifacts and documents. The narrators recall the structure of the bank, its furnishings, apartments, surroundings, the impact of the 1937 Ohio River flood, and the community of Shawneetown. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Springfield International Visitors Commission Springfield, Illinois, United States. Narrators describe efforts made to welcome and accommodate foreign visitors to Springfield's Lincoln sites. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Springfield Marine Bank  Springfield, Illinois, United States. Employees and officers of this historic Springfield bank recall the history of the bank, details of its operation, the effect of the Great Depression, changes in the city's downtown area, the development of the banking industry, and the impact of automation. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Springfield Race Riot Springfield, Illinois, United States. Narrators recall this bloody incident in Springfield history; see also BLACK COMMUNITY PROJECT and entries in the Index under Springfield IL--Race Riot, 1908. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Springfield Rotary Club Springfield, Illinois, United States. Members of this club recall its activities and achievements, and its influence on their lives. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Steamboats and Inland Rivers Springfield, Illinois, United States. These interviews were conducted by poet John Knoepfle around Cincinnati, Ohio and elsewhere in the late 1950's and early 1960's. The narrators discuss life and work on the Ohio, Mississippi, Illinois and other Midwest rivers from the late 1800's to the 1950's: steamboats, packetboats, showboats, ferries, wrecks, explosions and fires, river lore, jazz music, saloons and prohibition, freight, locks and dams, river towns, navigation lights and conditions, floods, fog and ice jams, barge and boat construction, government regulation and licensing, duties of steamboat crew members, wages, salaries and living conditions, wildlife, hunting and fishing, minority groups, the Amazon River and the Spanish-American War. Knoepfle, professor of English at Sangamon State University, donated the collection to the Oral History Office and University Archives in 1986. Material related to this project may also be found at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Telephone Project Springfield, Illinois, United States. Illinois Bell Telephone Company employees, including linemen, operators, managers and others, recall their work in the telephone industry in the early 20th century on: changes in technology, tasks, the social and economic impact of telephones, Illinois cities and rural communities, and their own lives. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

Vietnam Springfield, Illinois, United States. American servicemen and a Vietnamese immigrant recall the draft, enlistment, combat experiences, opposition to the war, and its effect on them and on American society. See also entries in the Index under Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]

World War II Conscientious Objectors  Springfield, Illinois, United States. The narrators, including eight students of Union Theological Seminary in New York City who were jailed in 1940 for refusing to register for the draft, discuss their opposition to war and the draft; their family backgrounds, education, and involvement in socialism, pacifism, civil rights, and the labor movement; and their activities in Congregational and other churches. The women narrators discuss their husbands' protests and ministries, their own involvement in pacifist and other political movements, the women's movement, and their own intellectual development. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]